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New York Blues and R&B 1947-1955

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This fascinating set is really the story of two brothers, Stick McGhee and Brownie McGhee, both of whom were guitarists Brownie being good enough to actually work regularly as a session player. Stick recorded a song he had written, "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee," in 1947 with his brother Brownie sitting in on guitar for J. Mayo Williams' tiny Harlem Records label. The issued record had no immediate impact, but became an unlikely underground favorite, enough so that Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records decided to cut a remake a couple of years later. Ertegun contacted Brownie McGhee about remaking "Drinkin' Wine," unaware that Brownie's brother was the original singer on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This fascinating set is really the story of two brothers, Stick McGhee and Brownie McGhee, both of whom were guitarists Brownie being good enough to actually work regularly as a session player. Stick recorded a song he had written, "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee," in 1947 with his brother Brownie sitting in on guitar for J. Mayo Williams' tiny Harlem Records label. The issued record had no immediate impact, but became an unlikely underground favorite, enough so that Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records decided to cut a remake a couple of years later. Ertegun contacted Brownie McGhee about remaking "Drinkin' Wine," unaware that Brownie's brother was the original singer on the song. A lively remake was tracked for Atlantic in 1949, again with Stick singing and Brownie adding guitar. This time the song broke big, and Decca Records, smelling cash, licensed the original Harlem cut and both versions of the song ended up on the R&B charts. This four-disc package includes both versions of the song, as well as some 40 tracks by Stick, many of which follow the booze-soaked template of "Drinkin' Wine." There are close to 50 tracks by Brownie here, too, most of them in an electric R&B vein, which was a far cry from the folk-blues material that Brownie became famous for when he was paired with harmonica wiz Sonny Terry in the late '50s. Terry also has 16 tracks here, and while there are a handful of cuts where Brownie and Sonny work together, they were essentially separate solo artists during the era covered by this anthology. Virtually everything Stick McGhee recorded is included here, as well as a good deal of Brownie McGhee's R&B material since he was an active session musician at the time, what's here really only scratches the surface, and a small sampling of Sonny Terry as a solo artist, making this an incredibly interesting historical collection that, mostly because of the familial and professional connections between Stick, Brownie, and Sonny, has its own internal logic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065776329
  • Catalog Number: 7763
  • Sales rank: 154,825

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (2:19)
  2. 2 Baby Baby Blues (2:25)
  3. 3 Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (3:14)
  4. 4 Tall Pretty Woman (3:09)
  5. 5 Lonesome Road Blues (3:05)
  6. 6 Blue Mixture (2:52)
  7. 7 I'll Always Remember (2:42)
  8. 8 Blue and Brokenhearted (2:51)
  9. 9 My Baby's Comin' Back (2:38)
  10. 10 Drank Up All the Wine Last Night (2:55)
  11. 11 Venus Blues (2:31)
  12. 12 Southern Menu (3:00)
  13. 13 Let's Do It (2:57)
  14. 14 She's Gone Rock Away Blues - Sonny Terry (2:45)
  15. 15 House Warmin' Boogie (3:11)
  16. 16 Blue Barrelhouse - Sonny Terry (2:38)
  17. 17 One Monkey Don't Stop the Show (2:41)
  18. 18 Tennessee Waltz Blues (3:11)
  19. 19 You Gotta Have Something on the Ball (2:55)
  20. 20 Oh What a Face (2:32)
  21. 21 Wee Wee Hours, Pt. 1 (2:41)
  22. 22 Wee Wee Hours, Pt. 2 (2:29)
  23. 23 New Found Love (2:51)
  24. 24 Meet You in the Morning (2:17)
  25. 25 My Little Rose (2:31)
  26. 26 No More Reveille (2:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Little Things We Used to Do (2:39)
  2. 2 Blues in My Heart & Tears in My Eyes (2:15)
  3. 3 Whiskey Women and Loaded Dice (2:38)
  4. 4 Head Happy with Wine (2:24)
  5. 5 I'm Doin' All This Time (And You Put Me Down) (2:34)
  6. 6 Dealin' from the Bottom (2:41)
  7. 7 The Wiggle Waggle Woo (2:18)
  8. 8 Jungle Juice (2:23)
  9. 9 Ease My Worried Mind - Sticks McGhee & the Ramblers (2:38)
  10. 10 Things Have Changed - Sticks McGhee & the Ramblers (2:32)
  11. 11 Travelin' On - Sticks McGhee & the Ramblers (2:21)
  12. 12 Help Me Baby - Sticks McGhee & the Ramblers (2:23)
  13. 13 Double Crossin' Liquor (2:42)
  14. 14 Six to Eight (2:33)
  15. 15 Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter (2:43)
  16. 16 Sad, Bad, Glad (2:53)
  17. 17 Bad Nerves - Sonny Terry (2:44)
  18. 18 Sweet Baby Blues - Sonny Terry (2:23)
  19. 19 Don't Mistreat Me - Sonny Terry (2:37)
  20. 20 Four O'Clock in the Morning - Sonny Terry (2:49)
  21. 21 Sweet Lover - Brownie McGhee (2:35)
  22. 22 Brownie's New Worried Life Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:34)
  23. 23 I Was Fooled - Brownie McGhee (2:37)
  24. 24 Confused - Brownie McGhee (2:32)
  25. 25 It Hurts Me Too - Brownie McGhee (2:32)
  26. 26 Contact Me - Brownie McGhee (2:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Yellow Moon - Brownie McGhee (2:12)
  2. 2 It's Over - Brownie McGhee (2:43)
  3. 3 True Blues - Harry Van Walls (2:59)
  4. 4 My Consolation - Harry Van Walls (2:58)
  5. 5 New Sporting Life Blues - Harry Van Walls (2:49)
  6. 6 C.C. Baby - Harry Van Walls (2:45)
  7. 7 You Got to Love Me Baby Too - Harry Van Walls (2:53)
  8. 8 My Other Home - Harry Van Walls (2:44)
  9. 9 Weeping Willow - Harry Van Walls (2:32)
  10. 10 Feed Me Baby - Harry Van Walls (2:42)
  11. 11 Meet You in the Morning - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (2:40)
  12. 12 I Feel So Good - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (2:32)
  13. 13 Key to the Highway - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (2:16)
  14. 14 Stranger's Blues - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (2:24)
  15. 15 Sittin' on Top of the World - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (2:46)
  16. 16 Mean Old Frisco (2:36)
  17. 17 Mean Old Frisco (2:42)
  18. 18 New Bad Blood Blues (3:19)
  19. 19 Lover (Ease My Worried Mind) - Brownie McGhee & His Sugar Men (2:49)
  20. 20 Dissatisfied Woman - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (2:27)
  21. 21 Pawn Shop Blues - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (2:38)
  22. 22 Forgive Me - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (2:19)
  23. 23 C.C. Rider, Where Did She Go - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (2:14)
  24. 24 Heartache Blues - Big Tom Collins (2:41)
  25. 25 Read Good Feelin' - Big Tom Collins (3:04)
  26. 26 A Letter to Lightnin' Hopkins - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (3:07)
  27. 27 Smiling and Crying the Blues - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters (3:08)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I'm Gonna Move Cross the River - Brownie McGhee (2:53)
  2. 2 Heart in Sorrow - Brownie McGhee (3:01)
  3. 3 Dissatisfied Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:52)
  4. 4 Diamond Ring - Brownie McGhee (3:18)
  5. 5 The Way I Feel - Brownie McGhee (2:54)
  6. 6 So Much Trouble - Brownie McGhee (2:53)
  7. 7 Gone Baby Gone - Brownie McGhee (2:59)
  8. 8 Tell Me Baby - Brownie McGhee (2:56)
  9. 9 Sittin' Pretty - Brownie McGhee (2:32)
  10. 10 Bottom Blues - Brownie McGhee (2:48)
  11. 11 Keys to the Highway - Brownie McGhee (2:59)
  12. 12 I Have Had My Fun - Sonny Terry (3:05)
  13. 13 Airplane Blues - Sonny Terry (2:49)
  14. 14 Telephone Blues - Sonny Terry (3:26)
  15. 15 Mad Man Blues - Sonny Terry (3:34)
  16. 16 Dirty Mistreater, Don't You Know - Sonny Terry (2:45)
  17. 17 Women Is Killing Me - Sonny Terry & His Night Owls (2:47)
  18. 18 Harmonica Train - Sonny Terry & His Night Owls (2:54)
  19. 19 Going Down Slow - Sonny Terry (3:23)
  20. 20 Man Ain't Nothin' But a Fool - Sonny Terry (3:05)
  21. 21 Baby, Let's Have Some Fun - Sonny Terry (2:25)
  22. 22 4 O'Clock Blues - Sonny Terry (3:06)
  23. 23 Lonesome Room - Sonny Terry (2:57)
  24. 24 No Love Blues - Sonny Terry (2:55)
  25. 25 Wine Headed Woman - Sonny Terry (2:40)
  26. 26 Bad Luck Blues - Sonny Terry (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sticks McGhee Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Champion Jack Dupree Piano
Specs Powell Drums
Hal Singer Tenor Saxophone
George Rhodes Piano
Mickey Baker Guitar
Big Chief Ellis Piano
Sir Charles Thompson Piano
Gene Ramey Bass
Tom Barney Bass
Brownie McGhee Guitar, Vocals
Wilbert Ellis Piano
Arthur Herbert Drums
Carl Pruitt Bass
Franklin Skeete Bass
Fletcher Smith Piano
Sonny Terry Harmonica, Vocals
Jimmy Wright Tenor Saxophone
Gene Brooks Drums
Bob Gaddy Piano, Vocals
Doc Bagby Guitar, Vocals
Herbert Parham Piano
Harry Van Walls Piano
Cedric Wallace Bass
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
George Ward Drums
Lannie Scott Piano
Maxwell Lucas Tenor Saxophone
Earl Johnson & His Dixie Entertainers Drums
James Harris Bass
George Wood Drums
Ed Vanderveer Trumpet
Pritchard Chessman Tenor Saxophone
Irving "Jack" Brown Drums
James Buchanan Tenor Saxophone
Al King Tenor Saxophone
Prince Babb Bass
Prince Babbs Bass
Douglas Blackman Piano
Clifford Bryan Bass
Bill Caples Guitar
Doc Dagby Piano
Bob Harris Bass, Vocals
John Hartsfield Drums
Ernest Hayward Drums
Daddy Merritt Piano, Drums
Charles Rawlins Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Walter Vinson Composer
Sticks McGhee Composer
Neil Slaven Annotation
Rudy Toombs Composer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Walter Brown McGhee Composer
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